Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne announced on Monday that former Oklahoma Sooner Kristin White is joining the Iowa State women’s gymnastics staff as an assistant coach.
White competed for the Sooners as Kristin Smith from 2008 to 2010 and is a two-time All-American. She helped Oklahoma win three consecutive Big-12 championships titles, and to achieve a second-place finish at the NCAA Super Six in 2010. After graduating in Human Relations, White stayed at Oklahoma for her Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education (2011-2012). During her graduate time in Norman, she worked as an assistant coach for OU. After graduating in 2012, White spent a year as Team Director and Coach at 10.0 Academy in Stow, Massachusetts, and the following four years working at her childhood club of Dynamo Gymnastics. In 2016, she won the Oklahoma State Coach of the Year award.
Jay Ronayne said of White: ‘Kristin will be a huge asset to the Cyclones on beam and floor because she has a great combination of talent, experience, enthusiasm and expertise’, cyclones.com reports. ‘Above and beyond her qualifications, I believe that Kristin brings some intangibles that will mesh well with our team. The moment the team first met her, it was obvious that her personality was a perfect fit for us. I can’t wait for her to get in the gym and start working with our gymnasts.’
Kristin White was equally excited about her new role at Iowa State: ‘I am so excited to officially become part of the Cyclone family’, she said. ‘I want to thank Jay Ronayne, the staff and the entire Athletic Department for this tremendous opportunity. When I first stepped foot on campus, I could see that the team is motivated and passionate to represent ISU at the highest level. I believe that my background in the NCAA paired with my commitment as a club coach have prepared me to guide these young women inside and out of the gym. I absolutely cannot wait to get started.’
Article by Talitha Ilacqua